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111 Key Principles for Success

Principle 71 - Figure it out/Curiosity

When I was younger I spent time figuring things out. The first bike I bought was a Ross brand and I spent about $100 on it. After not to long, the wheel got bent and didn't work properly.

So I bought a new rim and tried unsuccessfully to fix the bent rim. Now I knew that the worst that would happen would be I'd fail to fix the wheel, but could bring it to a bike shop to fix.

I started a rule that if I couldn't break something that was broken and I wouldn't pay to fix it, I would at least give it a try. Since this time I've taken many things apart and actually have fixed some.

I was always curious how things worked. If you're curious, there is a treasure trove of information available on the internet to keep you busy for a lifetime.

So if your bicycle is broken, see if you can figure out what's wrong. As long as you don't damage it anymore. I believe that this skill of figuring things out has been important to my success.

I've figured out how to:
  • Fix bicycles
  • Juggle 3 balls
  • Ride a bicycle backwards
  • Give myself a haircut
  • Use a spreadsheet
  • Fixed my broken sink
  • Changed the oil in my car
  • Fixed broken computers

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